CHARLOTTE, N.C. — State lawmakers are responding to Wednesday’s national school walkouts.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is proposing gun law reform, saying that if you want to buy an assault style weapon, you should need a permit.
Under the state’s current law, anyone who wants to buy a handgun has to get a permit for it from their local sheriff.
Cooper’s plan would be to apply that same system, which he says “allows for appropriate checks and balances”, to those attempting to purchase rifles such as the AR-15, not just handguns.
Cooper also says we need to strengthen our background check system.
“To ensure that we are doing our part to make background checks more effective, I’ve directed the State Bureau of Investigation to undertake a comprehensive inventory of the quality of information our state shares with the federal background check system. If critical information our state should be reporting is missing, we need to know and we need to change that,” stated Cooper.
The Governor also addressed the issue of mental health when it comes to gun-violence, stating “We can also increase the number of school personnel who receive youth and adult mental health first aid training, which covers common mental health challenges that young people face and provides guidance for how to help them in both crisis and non-crisis situations.”
However, not everyone was moved to action by Wednesday’s walkouts. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster called the walkouts a shameful attempt to use students to further a political agenda.